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Aro Recommended Sedition


New Zealand 2005, 140 minutes
Dir. Russell Campbell
Rating: [Exempt]
Genres: Documentary

Topics: Period 1940s, Educational Resource.


Aroview: Thorough and fascinating doco about the experiences of conscientious objectors in New Zealand during WW2 - particularly the social ostracism and government repression they faced.

In 1940, legislation was passed to prevent pacifists speaking out against the war effort, with 'conscientious objectors' sometimes imprisoned in special detention camps under difficult conditions. Using interviews shot in 1990 along with archival material, dir. Campbell weaves together a series of potent 'war stories' from the era. The film particularly focuses on Ormond Burton, A.C. Barrington, Connie Summers (Jones), Chris Palmer and Merv Browne.

NZ International Film Festival 2005

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  • aspect ratio: 4:3

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